Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, and producer Stephen Endelman has successfully demonstrated his ability to write music and collaborate in a variety of genres. Endelman talks about his childhood sexual abuse, being in a coma, “Pete the Cat,” and heavenly peace. This amazing composer, arranger, and producer Stephen Endelman talks with Kathleen Buczko about his incredible and troublesome life.
Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and producer Stephen Endelman has successfully demonstrated his ability to write music and collaborate in a variety of genres. His scores range from lush, classical orchestrations, to contemporary, pop-driven tapestries. In the contemporary music world, Endelman has worked with music icons including Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Cole and soprano Renee Fleming. As a film composer, Endelman has collaborated with Oscar-lauded filmmakers including David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster), Martin Scorsese (Kicked in the Head), Irwin Winkler (Home of the Brave), David Mamet (Redbelt), Bruce Beresford (Evelyn) and Robert Deniro (A Bronx Tale). Endelman’s wide-ranging works have spanned the rich orchestral score for The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, but Came Down a Mountain, to his minimalist, modern score for the hit comedy Flirting with Disaster.
His current project, Rob The Mob, reteams Endelman with Director Raymond De Felitta for whom Endelman scored the Sundance Film Festival award-winner Two Family House. Endelman’s collaboration with De Felitta on Rob the Mob was a rather unique, creative working experience as the director opted to edit the film in the composer’s Los Angeles studio. Endelman feels especially close to the subject matter of Rob The Mob because he lived in New York during the time of the original incident as well as personally met numerous mobsters during the production of A Bronx Tale.
The British-born composer has spent his entire life honing his craft. Endelman began playing the clarinet at age seven and became a full-time scholar at The Purcell School of Young Musicians at age twelve. He studied composition at London’s Guildhall School of Music Drama and the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. As a prodigy, he composed two operas at the age of 18. He went on to write music for the Tony-Award winning Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten.
An ardent film-lover, Endelman moved to New York in the early 1990’s to pursue a career in film music. His first score for a feature film was Nancy Savoca’s Household Saints. He subsequently worked closely with Robert De Niro on his directorial debut, A BronxTale. In 2000, Endelman garnered critical praise for his unique score for Passport to the Universe, a public commission for the first Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Subsequently, the show moved to Paris, France. He was then commissioned to write the music to the second planetarium show The Search for Life, Are We Alone? narrated by Harrison Ford which went on to the New York at the Museum of Natural History.
Stephen Endelman gained scoring notoriety on indie films including The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Household Saints and Jeffrey before composing for Oscar-lauded filmmakers David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster), Irwin Winkler (Home of the Brave), David Mamet (Redbelt) and Bruce Beresford (Evelyn). As the soundtrack producer on Winkler’s film De-Lovely, Endelman arranged a number of classic Cole Porter tunes, culminating in a Grammy nomination for his work.
Stephen Endelman has scored nearly 100 film and television projects as well as produced numerous recording artists. Stephen Endelman has received numerous accolades including Grammy nominations and several ASCAP Film & TV Music Awards for scoring excellence. Additional, he was awarded the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Award as Resident Composer at the Metropolitan Opera Guild where he was a resident artist for several years. Endelman currently resides in Los Angeles.